Superintendent Search Survey Results
The Florence School District One Board of Education posted an on-line survey to seek public input about characteristics and experiences desired in a superintendent. The survey was posted on the district website from Feb. 19 until March 6, 2018. The survey was completed by 549 people.
“It’s March Madness” ---Sweet Sixteens Compete at Francis Marion University: Wilson High and Williams Middle are at the Dance!
It’s March Madness for sixteen South Carolina Academic Challenge Teams that will compete for the state championship on Thursday, March 22.
Students at John W. Moore Intermediate won the 2018 Battle of the Books contest in which seven school teams competed by answering questions taken from books on school reading lists.
Three first place winners have emerged in the 2018 District One’s Vocal Star competition. The competition spotlighted vocal performances of students from each age division (elementary, middle and high) who had previously participated in auditions for the opportunity to display their talents in this year’s Vocal Star program.
For the next two months, Schools in Florence One are putting out the welcome mats for all local citizens to see what local public schools have to offer. The 10th Annual Showcase of Schools will be held in February and March, and each school in Florence One will put on programs and displays which range from guided tours of Montessori education to an overview of student demonstrations of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) programs.
Nominations are open for District One’s Musically Exceptional (DOME) program.
The is a program for 8th -12th grade students who have shown a strong interest or talent in the musical arts. The Nomination form can be accessed here. Nomination forms must be returned to any school music teacher in FSD1 middle or high schools by Monday, April 9, 2018. The program is a year-round afterschool program in its 28th year of existence. Program director, Laura Greenway asks that interested students that are enrolled in FSD1 apply promptly. Students need to prepare a musical solo work of any genre(brief) for the screening which will be held in all District One Middle and High Schools during the April 16-20. For additional information email LGreenway@fsd1.org or call Laura Greenway at 843-673-1134.
Local Leaders to Get a Close Look at Day-to-Day School Operations
Through a three-way partnership among Florence One, the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and The School Foundation, a program designed for business and community leaders to spend time getting a unique, behind-the-scenes look into schools in Florence One continues in its third year. The program, known as the Fellows in Education Program, began with an orientation today for its members.
During the duration of the program, there are plans for business and community leaders to see first-hand some of the successes and daily challenges educators face in the classroom. Within this program, there will also be an opportunity for interested participants to take part in a “Principal for a Day” exercise where the local leader will spend a portion of the day with a school principal as he or she conducts the duties of running the school.
Florence One Superintendent of Schools Dr. Randy Bridges expressed his views about the program. “For the third year, we look forward to the continued partnership with The School Foundation and The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce in this effort to build capacity within the community for our school. This program is one of the best ways to allow community leaders to become knowledgeable about the interworking of our school system,” he remarked.
Organizers of the program say the ultimate goal of Fellows in Education is to create a cadre of local leaders who will be able to collaborate with policymakers and community members in developing better education policies in the local community. In its third year, the Fellows in Education Class of 2018 held an orientation for group members today at the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.
The first of eight sessions will begin on Tuesday, October 3rd with a visit to Lucy T. Davis Elementary, and sessions will be held thereafter on the first Tuesday of each month through the month of May at different Florence One schools. (See schedule.)
For this third class of Fellows in Education, members of the three-way partnership have again sought after a select group of over twenty community and business leaders whom they believe are civic-minded supporters of the need for expansion of local educational resources.
Members of the third group of the Fellows in Education Program include: Ken Baker, WMBF News; Eric Bingaman, ThermoFisher Scientific; Charlie Blake, Finklea Law Firm; Annie Brown, Ann-Bro International Consulting, Inc.; Mark Buyck, Willcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A.; Jamie Carsten, South State Bank; Terry Dingle, Florence-Darlington Technical College; Tom Ewart, First Reliance Bank; Tressa Gardner, SiMT; Tim Geddings, Carolina Canners, Inc.; Heather Greenberg, Florence Symphony Orchestra; Brenda Harrison, The News Journal; Ken Jackson, Re/Max Professionals; Don Kausler, Morning News; Charlene Lowery, MiLadies 182; Gary Malaer, Carolinas Hospital System; Danielle Nance, B. Nance Fine Gifts; Kaye Parris, Griggs, Floyd and Grantham; Carolyn Pearce, CHP-A Berkshire Hathaway Company; Tom Pietila, Central United Methodist Church; Ron Roberts, Florence- Darlington Technical College; Elaine Sealey; SAFE Federal Credit Union; Anson Shells, City of Florence; Lauren Stanton; Florence County Economic Development; Jarrod Tippins, The Pharmacy; Suresh Tiwari, Florence-Darlington Technical College; Carlos Washington, Florence International Basketball Association; Irby Wilson, Orr Company; Barry Wingard, Retired; Dale Wolf, GE Healthcare; Debbie Hyler, The School Foundation; Mindy Taylor, Duke Energy; Mike Miller, Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Randy Bridges, Superintendent, Florence One Schools.
For more information contact Debbie Hyler, Executive Director, The School Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org ; Michael Miller, President, Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce, email@example.com; or Dr. Randy Bridges, Superintendent, Florence School District One, firstname.lastname@example.org .
The 2017-18 Schedule for the Fellows in Education
1. October 3, 2017 Lucy T. Davis Elementary School
2. November 7, 2017 North Vista Elementary School
3. December 5, 2017 Williams Middle School
4. January 9, 2018 South Florence High School
5. February 6, 2018 McLaurin Elementary School
6. March 6, 2018 Savannah Grove Elementary School
7. April 10, 2018 Alfred Rush/The Nest
8. May 1, 2018 Florence Career Center
March 30, 2018
8:00 AM Half Day - No Lunch Served
April 2, 2018
April 3, 2018
April 4, 2018
April 5, 2018